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He had people believing wales were going to qualify for the next World Cup. He inspired the whole Wales football set-up to make it top class. he will be missed and it will going to be so hard not to have him around.Midfielder Speed was Wales captain when Robert Earnshaw made a goalscoring international debut against Germany in 2002. The former Leeds United, Everton, Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield United midfielder succeeded John Toshack as national team boss last year.
Many had been left shocked by the death of a man who was Wales’ most capped outfield player, having represented his country 85 times. Former Wales team-mate Savage shed tears for Gary Speed. Another former Wales international, midfielder Matthew Jones, who won 13 caps between 1999 and 2003, remembers a man who helped him as a youngster at Leeds United. That memory will always stick by you because he was such an inspirational role model.
Figures from across the world of football have paid tribute to Wales national team manager Gary Speed after he was found dead at his Chester home. Cheshire Police found him dead at 0708 GMT at his home in Huntington. The 42-year-old was found hanged. Being one of the nicest men in football and will be missed by many. Welsh international striker Craig Bellamy was left out of Sunday’s match against Manchester City because he was very close to Gary.
He began his playing career at Leeds United after coming through the trainee ranks, and was part of the side that won the last Football League title in 1992, before the introduction of the Premier League. He left Leeds in 1996 after 312 appearances to join Everton and he went on to captain in a £3.5m move. Newcastle followed, in a £5.5m switch in 1998. During his six years with the Magpies, he suffered two FA Cup final defeats, but enjoyed a taste of Champions League football. He then spent four years with Bolton Wanderers after agreeing a £750,000 move and finished his playing career at Sheffield United, retiring at the end of the 2009-2010 season. Speed, who was the first player to reach 500 Premier League appearances, also won 85 caps for his country, a record for an outfield player.
He made his international debut as a 20-year-old in the 1-0 friendly win over Costa Rica in May 1990 and his final appearance for Wales was in a 3-2 World Cup qualifying defeat against Poland in October 2004. He captained his country 44 times and scored seven goals.
He took over the Wales job in December 2010, despite having just four months’ managerial experience, but the team had started to make impressive progress under his stewardship. A 4-1 friendly win over Norway earlier this month represented a third successive win for Wales, and Speed’s fifth in 10 games as manager. In the 2010 Birthday Honours list, Speed was awarded the MBE.